Cults, True Crime

#NXIVM: Arrest of 4 Women, Including 1 “Broke” Girl?!

Four women who had miraculously avoided arrest until yesterday, were finally handcuffed, and the gravity of their crimes were officially cemented in the headlines following widespread talk and speculation.

The Frank Report and major news outlets reported that Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, 39, the daughter of late billionaire philanthropist Edgar Bronfman, was arrested, along with NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman, 64, her daughter, Lauren Salzman, 42, and the group’s 60-year-old bookkeeper, Kathy Russell. This occurred yesterday on Tuesday, July 24th.

BBC.com reports:

Court documents allege Ms Bronfman, a member of Nxivm’s executive board, was involved in the identity theft of at least two women – including a deceased sexual partner of Mr Raniere. She is also accused of encouraging and assisting in an alleged Nxivm victim’s illegal entry into the US.In a note published on her website last December, Ms Bronfman said she still supported Nxivm after seeing “so much good come from both our programmes and from Keith himself”. Her lawyer Susan Necheles said in a statement that Nxivm was “not a criminal enterprise” but “an organization that helped thousands of people,” according to US media. “The charges against Clare are the result of government overreaching and charging an individual with crimes just because the government disagrees with some beliefs taught by Nxivm and held by Clare,” Ms Necheles said.

As for the other 3 women who were arrested? They, along with Keith Raniere and Allison Mack

are accused of racketeering conspiracy, or attempting to illegally obtain or extort money, and could face up to 20 years in jail, plus an additional maximum 15 years for identity theft conspiracy. The US Department of Justice says the group committed “an array of crimes, including identity theft, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice”. FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said on Tuesday that “the details of these alleged crimes become more and more grim as we continue to dig deeper into the conduct of this organization and its intended mission”.

If you examine pictures of Clare Bronfman from yesterday, you’ll notice that she looks even thinner (note the arms) than she had a couple of years ago. This emaciation is less than modelesque-chic and appears to age her beyond her 39 years. This is not only due to stress, no doubt, but mainly attributable to the starvation diet notoriously associated with NXIVM – and in particular, in keeping with the rules of its DOS (sexual slavery) division.

Clare is also reportedly “broke” for a billionaire heiress after pouring her funds into NXIVM. She was also allegedly assisting with NXIVM founder/”Vanguard” Keith Raniere’s legal defense team. She has a sister, Sara Bronfman, 42, who was in NXIVM and who she may be seriously counting on for financial help (according to Frank Parlato of The Frank Report).

I am wondering if the sister is at risk of being arrested as well. From my understanding, her involvement in the cult had minimized over the years as compared to her more active sibling who took the reigns from Raniere following his arrest. Clare was also extremely active in the terrorism by litigation of NXIVM defectors, former members who had seen the light about the group and its founder and were subjected to endless bogus lawsuits.

This story is still developing….

(Pictured: Clare Bronfman, BBC.com)

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#NXIVM: Frank Parlato is the Unsung Hero

I spoke with Frank Parlato yesterday. He was once hired as a publicist for NXIVM, which he then thought of as a company devoted to professional development and personal growth. Think of Maslow’s hierarchy for self-actualization and any conceptual ideology behind major pyramid schemes – It is interesting to note that NXIVM’s leader Keith Raniere was once in Amway. While working at NXIVM, Parlato would discover that the Seagram heiresses the Bronfman sisters (Clare and Sarah Bronfman), the group’s major financial backers, had lost a ton of money. Millions and millions of dollars

In time, Parlato would see Keith Raniere’s hand in this from behind the scenes. When Parlato left NXIVM, Raniere (who is notoriously litigious and known for exacting vengeance) wanted every penny that had been paid to Parlato returned. It was clear that the publicist had uncovered too many explosive behind-the-scenes-secrets and was now a “Suppressive Person” to NXIVM. Raniere had initially hired him to dispel the notion that NXIVM was a “cult” (and, Parlato would find out, exact vengeances on detractors), but Parlato could not deny that fact, one that would become indisputable to him over the years to come.

The Bronfman sisters and Keith would continually terrorize people who had left NXIVM through litigation – raising bogus claims about their detractors, but having the money to keep raging through high power attorneys. As you can imagine, Frank Parlato did not leave NXIVM unscathed in this regard.

Still, Parlato began blogging about NXIVM, determined to expose the nefarious cult and its egomaniacal leader, the “Vanguard” (as NXIVM members referred to Raniere). Through Parlato’s diligent investigations, he went on to confirm that the group had given rise to Keith’s harem and (the now famous) DOS division for sexual slavery.

It is Frank Parlato who brought NXIVM and DOS to the attention of the rest of the world.The New York Times took an interest in his revelations and shortly thereafter, extensive media coverage resulted.

Whenever you think you know all there is to know about NXIVM, there’s more. A HELL OF A LOT MORE. Parlato hears from former NXIVM members all of the time and has been responsible for getting hundreds of people out of the cult.

The stories may seem hard to believe, but in the coming weeks you will hear more about NXIVM as more arrests are expected. Be prepared for some shocking details.

The information that is already out there is a lot to wrap one’s mind around. There’s one physician who branded the DOS women with Keith Raniere’s initials and another who conducted perverse psychological experiments on women. There are daycare centers that separate parents from their kids for hours with the intent of immersing children in 7 different languages. While their offspring are working with language specialists, parents are forbidden from speaking to the children. Being part of NXIVM, these parents feel that Raniere is intellectually omniscient. They trust in his rationale on all things – science, medicine, pediatric development…The children end up with speech confusion (It has been reported that a mix of babbles in different languages characterizes their lexicon) and attachment issues.

It gets worse. There is a disappearance from several years ago that is tied to NXIVM, and there are suspicious circumstances surrounding some deaths (There is even a video in which Keith Raniere claims to have had people killed for NXIVM). Just when you think it could not possibly get more convoluted, it does.

According to Parlato’s website The Frank Report, now that both Raniere and Alison Mack are in captivity, Clare Bronfman has taken the reigns of the cult. The report goes on to state that she has informed members that DOS was Alison Mack’s brainchild and Keith Raniere did not know anything about it.

Anyone with half an unbrainwashed cranium can see that all roads lead back to cult leader Keith Raniere. But when you’re severely hypnotized and under the intense spell of a dangerous man’s mind control, it’s impossible to see things clearly….

So I’ve heard.

To get more details on all things NXIVM, check out: https://frankreport.com.

Here is a link to a podcast interview with Toni Natalie, a former girlfriend of Keith Raniere’s who also went into business with him in an earlier incarnation of NXIVM. She was terrorized by him for two decades after their breakup: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pink-shade-with-erin-martin/id1318549651?mt=2&i=1000411557595.

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